Donating to Typhoon Haiyan Relief Through the Combined Fund Drive

Dear Colleagues:
Typhoon Haiyan is being called one of the worst storms in recorded history, and like you, Cyndie and I have been haunted over the past several days by the tragic images of devastation and suffering in the Philippines.  For those members of the Western community who are personally dealing with the aftermath of this catastrophe, or have friends and loved ones doing so, the heartfelt thoughts and wishes of the Western campus community are with you. 

All of you who are Western know that our way is first and foremost about making a positive difference in the lives of others.  Now, we all have a simple and direct opportunity to do just that by donating to badly needed disaster relief and rebuilding efforts: 

The Combined Fund Drive has established a special disaster relief campaign for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which will be accepting donations until December 13.  For this one time, anyone affiliated with Western (employees, students, alumni, parents, members of the community) can make a credit card donation through this state workplace giving program.  You can direct your donation to any of the more than 20 member charities providing relief on the ground in the disaster zone, including the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, World Vision and others. 

For more information on the more than 20 member charities working on the ground in the Philippines, simply visit the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Campaign webpage:

Or, to start giving right away, visit, select Typhoon Haiyan Relief Campaign in the dropdown menu, and Western Washington University as the agency in the donor information section to make your contribution.

I hope you consider joining Cyndie and me in putting your compassion into action through giving to one or more of these charities.  Last year Western gave more to the Combined Fund Drive’s relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy than any other state agency.  Let’s see if we can lead the way again for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  Your gift will go a long way in helping the recovery effort.


Page Updated 11.27.2013